Clabon Theatre

1031 N. Claiborne Avenue,
New Orleans, LA 70116

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Rogue on July 8, 2022 at 2:51 am

7/6/22 Theater collapsed and was demolished.

kelerin on December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Opened 12.25.1938 with a 1:00 pm screening Judy Garland’s “Listen, Darling”

ArthurHardy on June 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Announcing a book about New Orleans Movie Theaters

The History of the Neighborhood Theaters in New Orleans
is being written by 89-year-old Rene Brunet, the dean of the motion picture industry in Louisiana, and New Orleans historian and preservationist Jack Stewart. The 160-page,coffee table book will be released in November and is being published by Arthur Hardy Enterprises, Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the cityâ€\s landscape since the first “nickelodeon” opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street. The book will be divided by neighborhoods and will open with a map and a narrative about each area. Each major theater will feature “then and now” photographs, historic information, and a short series of quotes from famous New Orleanians and from regular citizens who will share their recollections.
We are trying to acquire memorabilia and additional photos of this theater for this publication. (deadline July 1.) You will be credited in the book and receive a free autographed copy if we publish the picture that you supply. Please contact Arthur Hardy at or call 504-913-1563 if you can help.

joysmovies on May 31, 2010 at 6:42 am

This theatre has quite an interesting past. It originally opened in 1910 as the Harlequin, an open air theatre (no roof). Passes were given on rainy nights. It was owned by Rene Brunet Sr., father of Rene Brunet, who now owns the Prytania.
One of the projectionists that worked at the Harlequin was Salvadore “Toto” Giuffre, who I trained with at the Skyvue Drive-In in the early 70’s. Rene Sr. built the Imperial, and sold the Harlequin, which then became the Plaza.
At some point, United Theatres obtained the theatre and changed the name to the Clabon.
What comes around goes around…in around 1970, Rene Brunet Jr. purchased the theatre from United, and operated the Clabon un til 1978, . It became a disco, and then, the church that is currently in this historic building.